The Carbon Footprint of Cataract Surgery

Louis Pilard's picture


Resource Description: 

Determining the carbon footprint of specific health care activities such as cataract surgery allows the assessment of associated emissions and identifies opportunities for reduction.

This is the first published carbon footprint of cataract surgery and acts as a benchmark for other studies as well as identifying areas for emissions reduction. Within the procurement sector, dialogue with industry is important to reduce the overall carbon footprint. Sustainability should be considered when cataract pathways are designed as there is potential for reduction in all sectors with the possible side effects of saving costs and improving patient care.

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Publication date: 

December, 2016

Resource type: 

  • educational materials


Cataracts and Carbon

Dan Morris's picture

Here's another good paper on cataract surgery and carbon...

 2016 Jan;27(1):82-8. doi: 10.1097/ICU.0000000000000228.

Carbon footprint and cost-effectiveness of cataract surgery. Venkatesh R1, van Landingham SWKhodifad AMHaripriya AThiel CLRamulu PRobin AL.

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